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[bih-reyt] /bɪˈreɪt/
verb (used with object), berated, berating.
to scold; rebuke:
He berated them in public.
Origin of berate
1540-50; be- + rate2
abuse, vilify, vituperate, objurgate. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for berated


(transitive) to scold harshly
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Word Origin and History for berated



1540s, from be- "thoroughly" + Middle English rate "to scold" (late 14c.), from Old French reter "accuse, blame," from Latin reputare (see reputation). "Obsolete except in U.S." [OED 1st ed.], but it seems to have revived in Britain 20c. Related: Berated; berating.

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